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The Detective's Assistant

Title

The Detective's Assistant

Authors

Kate Hannigan

Publisher

Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780316403504

Pages

368 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father. Includes author's note and bibliographic references.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Legal guardianship; Interracial; Gender nonconformity; aunt raising niece; orphan; interracial friendship; gender nonconformity

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

aunt

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Golden Kite Award, 2016, Winner, Middle Grade
Amelia Bloomer List, 2016 Middle Grade Fiction
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Ages (9 to 12)
Best of the Best Books, 2015 Fiction for Older Readers
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2015
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2015 Fiction Middle Grade
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2016 Historical Fiction for Youth
Guide Book to Gift Books, 2016 Books for Middle Readers

Keywords

detective and mystery stories; aunts; slavery; Abraham Lincoln; assassination attempt; letters; private eye; Underground Railroad

Diversity Impact

indirect

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